BRIEF SUMMARY OF PROGRAMS AND SCHOOLS
The Fairbanks School District has 6 public charter schools: Boreal Sun, Chinook, Discovery Peak, Effie Kokrine, and Watershed. These schools serve many different grade levels and each one has a unique school culture and exciting way to meet the needs of students and their families.
BEST is a school without walls where parents bear the primary responsibility for the management of their children’s education. It is a nonsectarian partnership between students, parents, professional staff, and community members where families and staff work together to customize an education for their children. Students are assigned a certified education specialist who is knowledgeable of various curricula, courses, resources, and learning styles as well as BEST policies and FNSBSD requirements. There are two options for students, one being the Homeschool Program, where students K-12th receive an allotment for purchasing curriculum materials of their choice that align with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and Alaska State Standards. Students may enroll in up to two classes at local district schools and are eligible to participate in athletics, music programs, and other extra-curricular activities at their attendance area schools according to district/state guidelines and without withdrawal from their allotment (Homeschool Program).
Golden Heart Academy
Golden Heart Academy is a school for youth who are in treatment or detention at the Fairbanks Youth Facility. While institutionalized, students continue working towards earning a high school diploma and, through community partnerships, are also able take classes in culinary arts, small engine repair, First Aid/CPR, and the Construction Academy.
Star of the North Secondary School is a public charter school designed to meet the needs of secondary students. It was created by the merger of two successful programs; the North Pole Academy and the Career Education Center. The Academy, located in North Pole, includes grades 7 through 12, and CEC, located in Fairbanks, includes grades 11 and 12. They are focused on reconnecting youth to school and offer a self-contained learning environment staffed by master teachers and staff who have deep knowledge and compassion for early adolescents and teens. Star of the North creates small learning communities of youth that emphasize positive learning experiences without the distractions found in conventional secondary schools. Their focus includes teens who show a need for an alternative setting or who have varied schedules involving work and family.